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Routledge International Handbook of Heterosexualities Studies

ISBN 9781138340305
Published January 13, 2020 by Routledge
434 Pages

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While a majority of people identify as "heterosexual" if asked about their sexual identity, what does that really mean? How did identifying as "straight" arise, particularly in relation to identifying as "queer," "lesbian," and "gay"? How are individuals socialized to view themselves and others as straight, even when many people are sexually fluid? How do institutions like government bodies, the educational system, and the family reinforce heterosexuality? This collection introduces the field of Critical Heterosexualities Studies and key lines of inquiry within the field.

Like Masculinity Studies and Whiteness Studies, Heterosexualities Studies critically examines the dominant category and identity group in order to illuminate the taken-for-granted assumptions that surround heterosexual identities. This critical perspective questions the idea that heterosexuality is natural, normal, and biologically driven. A recurring question throughout this Handbook is: what does it mean to say that there are multiple forms of heterosexuality? The answer is provided by cases showing how straightness varies between men and women but also across different racial groups, social classes, and one’s status as trans or cisgender.

Organized around key themes of inquiry including heterosexualities across the life course, straight identities and their intersections, the power of straightness in state politics, and the changing meaning of heterosexualities in the context of sexual fluidity, this collection provides readers with an introduction to Critical Heterosexualities Studies through important theoretical statements, key historical studies, and current empirical research. Featuring both classic works and original essays written expressly for this volume, this collection provides a state-of-the-art overview of this exciting new field in sexualities studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Thinking Straightness: An Introduction to Critical Heterosexualities Studies

James Joseph Dean and Nancy L. Fischer

Part 1: Origins, Histories, Theories

1. Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence

Adrienne Cecile Rich

2. Bodily Inscriptions, Performative Subversions

Judith Butler

3. The Invention of Heterosexuality

Jonathan Ned Katz

4. Critique of Compulsory Heterosexuality

Steven Seidman

Part 2: Heterosexualities Across the Life Course

5. Normalizing Heterosexuality: Mothers’ Assumptions, Talk, and Strategies with Young Children

Karin A. Martin

6. "Your Father Wouldn’t Like It:" The Social Construction of Heterosexuality in Early Childhood

Emily W. Kane

7. "Coming Out": Gender, (Hetero)Sexuality and the Primary School

Emma Renold

8. The Ambiguity of "Having Sex": The Subjective Experience of Virginity Loss in the United States

Laura M. Carpenter

9. Hooking Up: Hot Heterosex or the New Numb Normative?

Rachel Kalish and Michael Kimmel

10. "Speaking as a Heterosexual": (How) Does Sexuality Matter for Talk-in-Interaction?

Celia Kitzinger

11. A Heterosexual Life: Older Women and Agency within Marriage and the Family

Jenny Hockey, Angela Meah, and Victoria Robinson

Part 3: Straight Identities and Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender

12. Prisons for Our Bodies, Closets for Our Minds: Racism, Heterosexism, and Black Sexuality

Patricia Hill Collins

13. Displaying Heterosexuality in An Inner City

Carissa M. Froyum

14. Straight Women: Doing and Undoing Compulsory Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted American Culture

James Joseph Dean

15. "Guys are Just Homophobic": Rethinking Adolescent Homophobia and Heterosexuality

C.J. Pascoe

16. "Sprinkle Some Gay on my Straight": Hybrid Hegemonic Masculinities in a Post-Gay Era

Tristan Bridges and Kendell Ota

17. Doing Gender, Doing Heteronormativity: "Gender Normals", Transgender People, and the Social Maintenance of Heterosexuality

Kristen Schilt and Laurel Westbrook

Part 4: Straight States

18. Introduction to "The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth Century America"

Margot Canaday

19. Uganda’s Anti-homosexuality Bill: Reflections from a Transnational Frame

Marcia Oliver

20. One is not Born a Bride: How Weddings Regulate Heterosexuality

Chrys Ingraham

21. Promoting Marriage for America: The Intimate Relationship Between the State and Heterosexuality

Melanie Heath

Part 5: Rethinking Sexual Fluidity, Straight Privilege, and Allyship

22. Straight Girls Kissing: Heteroflexibility in the College Party Scene

Leila J. Rupp, Verta Taylor and Janelle M. Pham

23. A Mixed-Method Study of Same-Sex Kissing among College-Attending Heterosexual Men

Eric Anderson and Mark McCormack

24. Bud-Sex: Constructing Normative Masculinity Among Rural Straight Men That Have Sex with Men

Tony Silva

25. ‘Straight with a Pinch of Bi’: The Contours of Male Heteroflexibility

Hector Carrillo and Amanda Hoffman

26. No Homo

Joshua R. Brown

27. "With Allies Like These…": Toward a Sociology of Straight Allies

Patrick R. Grzanka

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James Joseph Dean is Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University in Northern California. He is the author of Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture (2014). Dean's work has appeared in Contexts, Sexualities, The Sociological Quarterly, and Sociology Compass, among others. His research interests include LGBTQ studies, Critical Heterosexualities Studies, and transgender studies.

Nancy L. Fischer is Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. Nancy is a co-editor of the anthology Introducing the New Sexuality Studies (along with Steven Seidman). She also edited a special issue on contemporary heterosexuality studies for the journal The Sociological Quarterly. She is a former chair and secretary of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Sexualities. A sociologist with broad interests, she has written about incest, sexual morality, urban sustainability, and the social meaning of second-hand and vintage clothing.